TSX: Rams' Dome Field Advantage

Oshiomogho Atogwe (Getty/Nick Laham)

The Rams have begun to re-establish the Edward Jones Dome as a home-field advantage. It was a long time coming. Sunday's 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers was the team's third consecutive win at home, the first time they have fashioned such an in-season streak since 2004.

"When the fans get into it, guys feed off that," defensive tackle Fred Robbins said. "Making big plays, sacks, interception, blocked field goal. Guys feed off that. They feed off the energy of the fans. Anytime the fans behind you are screaming and yelling, it gives us an advantage at home, and we feel good about it."

Joked safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, "No place like home. Isn't that what Dorothy said?"

Sacking Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers seven times, limiting an offense that was averaging 461.8 yards a game to 287, and then finishing the game with two first-down runs by running back Steven Jackson gave the Rams a 3-3 record with Tampa Bay and Carolina up next before their bye.

The win washed away the bad taste from the previous week's 44-6 loss to Detroit, but also accentuated what the Rams must now prove they can do: Win on the road.

Said Jackson, who rushed for 109 yards, leaving him 31 behind franchise leader Eric Dickerson, "I think this is an example of what we can be. We're only going to get better as the season goes on, after weeks go by. We're going to celebrate. We're going to take this in today, but to be an elite team and to get ourselves in position to be in the playoffs, we have to learn how to win on the road. And I think that's our next challenge. That's the one good thing about this team is we're always looking ahead. We're always looking for the next challenge, but everyone's pretty proud of what we accomplished today."

Quarterback Sam Bradford, who threw one touchdown pass and did not have an interception for the first time this season, said, "I think we're capable of a lot of things, but we can't dwell on this. Obviously it was a great win. We want a lot more than three victories though.

"We do seem to be much more comfortable playing here than on the road. I think that one of the steps from being an average team to being a good team is being able to play well on the road. So if we do want to become a good team, then we're going to have to learn to play well on the road."


LINEUP WATCH: No one knew what to expect from wide receiver Danario Alexander, who was signed Aug. 22 after rehabbing a Senior Bowl knee injury the entire offseason and then added to the practice squad after the cut-down to 53 players. Alexander was signed to the active roster last week after Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Lions. Playing his first game since the University of Missouri's bowl game last season, Alexander had four first-half receptions for 72 yards and a 38-yard touchdown on a play put in the playbook for him last week. More playing time is sure to come.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Rams' three home victories this season are more than they've had since the start of the 2007 season, including the first game this season, where their record was 2-23.



- CB Ron Bartell injured his left wrist late in Sunday's game against San Diego, but there was no immediate word on the specifics of the injury.

- WR Mardy Gilyard, who had a big 21-yard catch on third-and-17 on a second-quarter touchdown drive against San Diego, later left the game with a hamstring injury.

- CB Justin King, who recently has been bothered by a calf injury, suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game against San Diego.

- S Darian Stewart, who missed the Oct. 3 game against Seattle because of a hamstring injury but returned to play against Detroit, injured his hamstring Sunday against San Diego.

- TE Billy Bajema returned Sunday against San Diego after missing three games because of a knee injury. Bajema caught three passes for 34 yards, including two on third down for first downs on two different scoring drives.

- TE Michael Hoomanawanui returned Sunday against the Chargers after missing four games because of a high-ankle sprain suffered in the season opener. Hoomanawanui had just one catch for five yards, but it was for a third-down conversion on a second-quarter touchdown drive.

- LB David Vobora was active Sunday against San Diego despite not practicing Thursday and Friday because of a hamstring injury. He was active as a precaution because of a lack of depth at linebacker, and did not play in the game.

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